Adobe Education Leader Institute 2013

Next week I’ll be attending my fifth (5th!) Adobe Education Leader Institute at Adobe HQ in San Jose, CA. This is an annual event where AELs are invited to interface with Adobe and one another for a week of pretty intense collaboration, networking, teaching, and learning (and shenanigans). This is an event I look forward to every single year because it involves such a great group of passionate individuals who care so deeply about both this technology and the people it affects. One of the new additions this year is an unconference day… things could get crazy :) I have

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Creative Cloud : Massive Update

As announced at Adobe MAX 2013 – the new suite of creative tools from Adobe has now gone live. The distribution method is quite different from past years of course – since the new CC apps are only available through Creative Cloud. Your favorite tools are about to get even better. Introducing Creative Cloud™ desktop applications, including Adobe® Photoshop® CC and Illustrator® CC. They’re the next generation of CS tools. Get hundreds of all-new features. Keep your entire creative world in sync — files, feedback from team members, fonts, settings, and updates. And, as always, your applications live on your

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Adobe and the Flash Gaming Landscape

I had the opportunity this month to speak at the Rocky Mountain Adobe User Group about gaming, Flash, Adobe, et cetera alongside Jun Heider who talked about Apache Flex. Here are my slides: Adobe and the Flash Gaming Landscape from Joseph Labrecque There have been a lot of changes with the Flash Platform over the past year or two  plus a lot of changes in the web landscape in general. The role of Flash is shifting and Adobe is adapting to this shift by focusing engineering efforts, tooling, and community library support to the two areas in which Flash

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Education Exchange 2013 Refresh

This week, Adobe released a totally revamped version of the Adobe Education Exchange! For those unfamiliar; over the past two years or so, the Education Exchange has provided a way for educators to share resources, materials, content, and whatnot to anyone else registered with the exchange. There is also a place set aside for discussions that was introduced last year. The new updates not only redesign the entire system – but also create a more personable environment for collaboration and sharing. There are two features that I’ll highlight here: public profiles and a new points system with a growing set

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Create the Web: Announcing the Adobe Edge Family!

During the Create the Web event in San Francisco today, Adobe is making a number of major new tooling and service announcements having to do specifically with web standards. Not only are these announcements centered around advances such as CSS Filters and other standards work being discussed; but also a huge reveal in the form of a major new product line… all under the umbrella of Adobe Edge. [Disclaimer: I’m writing this all about a week before the event – so hopefully nothing changes drastically! I’ll be writing another post here afterwards with my post-event thoughts.] Edge Products and Services

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Adobe Certified Associate Educator

During the Adobe Education Leader Institute each year, AELs have the opportunity to become certified in the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) exams managed through Certiport. I took the three certification exams for CS4 (during that timeframe) and have skipped the past two years so figured it was time to go ahead and take them again for Adobe Creative Suite 6. This year though, we could also opt to become validated as an Adobe Certified Associate Educator on top of taking the regular exams. “An Adobe Certified Associate Educator is an Adobe Certified Associate who has taken his or her skills

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Slides from my Adobe Education Leader Institute 2012 sessions

As expected, I had a great time at my fourth Adobe Education Leader Institute this year. Presenting, discussing, networking, sharing, and learning – there is truly no other gathering like it. I was able to present a talk on the persistent value of the Flash Platform in education, provide a workshop in Flash game design, and also a few smaller things throughout the week: including a 5 minute talk based upon one of my AS3 Quickies (removal of right-click menu in FP 11.2). The slides for my two major items are below. What’s Going On with the Adobe® Flash® Platform

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